Root canal treatment, also known as endodoRoot canal treatment or endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged teeth. Brenda Evans Louka DDS, is a highly skilled dentist in San Bernardino who performs this procedure to relieve pain and save teeth from extraction. Below we will discuss why you might need a root canal, what to expect during the treatment, the recovery time, and whether it hurts.

Why might you need a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can happen due to a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, or a traumatic injury to the tooth. If the infection is left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding tissues and cause abscesses, bone loss, or even systemic infections.

Some of the signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, and tenderness in the gums. You may also notice a discolored or darkened tooth, which is a sign that the nerve inside the tooth is dying.

person holding tooth in pain

What to expect during the treatment?

Root canal treatment is usually done in two or more visits, depending on the complexity of the case. Brenda Evans Louka DDS, will first perform a thorough examination of the tooth and take x-rays to determine the extent of the damage.

During the first visit, Dr. Louka will numb the area around the affected tooth with local anesthesia. She will then create a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. She will carefully remove the infected or inflamed pulp using specialized tools and clean the canals.

After cleaning the canals, Dr. Louka will fill them with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha and seal the access hole with a temporary filling. In some cases, a post may be placed inside the tooth to provide additional support for a crown or filling.

At the second visit, Dr. Louka will replace the temporary filling with a permanent restoration, such as a crown or filling. This will protect the tooth and restore its function.

tooth getting cavity filling

What is the recovery time?

After a root canal treatment, you may experience some sensitivity and discomfort for a few days. Dr. Louka will provide you with instructions on how to care for the tooth and manage any discomfort, such as taking over-the-counter pain relievers or using ice packs.

You should avoid eating hard or chewy foods until the tooth has fully healed, which usually takes a few weeks. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting Dr. Louka for regular check-ups is also essential.

Does it hurt?

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, but this is a myth. With modern anesthesia and advanced techniques, the procedure is usually pain-free. In fact, most patients report feeling relieved after the treatment, as it relieves the pain caused by the infection.

If you are anxious about the procedure, Dr. Louka can provide sedation options to help you relax and feel more comfortable during the treatment.

In conclusion, root canal treatment is a safe and effective procedure that can save infected or damaged teeth from extraction. If you are experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms, contact Brenda Evans Louka DDS, in San Bernardino, for an evaluation. She can determine if a root canal is necessary and provide you with the care and support you need to restore your oral health.

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